The Kearney Volunteer Fire Department has a rich and varied history. From humble beginnings in 1922, when Council passed a by-law to enact the Fire Department (with the stipulation that the cost of the fire truck, pump and apparatus not exceed $5,000) to our present day Fire and Emergency Services Team, we have grown and flourished through the hard work and dedication of both our volunteer Team members and Town citizens.
The department is lead by Acting Fire Chief Paul Schaefer and together with a dedicated team of Volunteers, they not only provide Fire and First Response services, but countless hours of voluntary training to ensure they are in top form. Team members also act as ambassadors for the Town at parades, events and fund raisers throughout the year.
Currently the fire department has one 2003 Superior Pumper which has a 1050 Hale Pump, 1000 gallon water capacity, foam pro system with 30 gallon capacity, a 2007 E-One Pumper/Tanker which has a 1050 Hale Pump, 1500 gallon water capacity, 1993 Ford 350 Cube Van which acts as the Equipment Squad which carries all fire fighter bunker gear, MSA SCBA, generator and other essential fire ground support equipment. The First Response vehicle is a 2003 Ford ambulance which carries all the necessary equipment for medical first response. The last vehicle in the fleet is a 1992 Ford ambulance which acted as the second First Response vehicle but has since been changed over to carry the water ice rescue equipment as well as the second defibrillator and trauma kit in case of a double call situation.
Training is provided every Thursday evening and alternates with Fire training one night and First Response training the next week. Many of the members are therefore out each week on Thursdays if they work in the capacity of fire fighter/first responder. Weekend trainings are also offered three to four times per year and outside training resources are used on these days. Fire fighters/first responders are required to maintain their level of knowledge by attending a minimum of 75% of all training annually.
If you are interested in joining the Kearney Fire and Emergency Services team, please complete the attached form
Whether they are providing information and guidance regarding how to enjoy a safe and happy summer experience like a bonfire, explaining the difference between a bonfire and an incinerator, performing a rescue, saving a structure from fire or overseeing the Town’s annual fireworks display, the Kearney Fire and First Response Team is an an important and integral part of Kearney’s past, present and future!